Congo's Ebola cases have now exceeded 1,000, with 629 deaths in the world's second worst outbreak, the health ministry said on Monday.
Health workers have been prepared before for the latest outbreak of the epidemic, which causes severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding, and killed more than half of those infected. New solutions such as vaccine, experimental treatments and advanced mobile units to treat patients have helped reduce the spread of the virus.
But citizens' lack of confidence and insecurity in parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the disease is spreading, hampered efforts to combat it.
"The total number now stands at 1009," the ministry said in a statement. But added that "the efforts to contain the disease led by the Ministry of Health in cooperation with its partners have led to reduce the geographical spread of the disease."